Wonderful Women: M Is For Magnificent

There is an absolute cornucopia of delectable women whose names begin with this letter, so I’ll just dive in with my favorites, one pic only each — and if your  favorite doesn’t get in there, wait for the cycle to repeat in a few months’ time.  As always, starting with the oldies, here’s Maude Fealy:

Then we have one of my all-time favorites, the kittenish Myrna Loy:

And lest I get lynched, let me not leave out Maureen O’Hara:

…or the languorous Merle Oberon:

For your perusal, here’s Martha O’Driscoll:

From a little bit later, Mara Corday:

And with that, let’s move more into the modern era with another Merle, redheaded Merle Pertile:

Have I missed anyone else from that era?  Oh yes, of course:

Hmmm… seems like I’ve hardly skimmed the surface of the Magnificents.  Anyone have a problem with me continuing the “M-catalog” next week?

Didn’t think so.


  1. Thanks for saving me the drive down to Texas by including Maureen O’Hara in the collection. I had a full tank of gas and a coil of good hemp rope – not that stretchy nylon stuff – ready to go. I remember her scene with John Wayne, I think it was in McClintock, when the Duke got to spank her fine Irish butt. You couldn’t do that today – violence toward women and such. Almost everybody agrees that O’Hara and Wayne were never physically involved with each other, but their work together takes us back to the days when Hollywood could be sexy without giving us anatomy lessons.

    1. I don’t mind ANATOMY lessons. It’s the PLUMBING I don’t want to see. The mutual friction of mucus membranes cannot fail to engage my Monkey brain, but it doesn’t move any part of any plot at all forward…unless you’re talking about something like SPECIES, and even there you’re better off with symbolism.

  2. To echo Itdavel’s comment, it’s not just Ms. O’Hara (and The Duke..); Way Back When, movies had real plots, exercised the audience’s imagination and intelligence, and the story lines made sense.

    And the actors had class.

    1. We remember the popular culture of eras past so fondly because, mercifully, we don’t actually remember all that much of it. Yes, 90%+ of what come out of Hollywood in 2019 was drivel. But 90%+ of what came out of Hollywood in 1942 was drivel, too. We remember CASABLANCA. We mercifully don’t remember most of the other films that came out that week, much less that YEAR.

      I’m not saying Hollyweird isn’t dreadful. It is. But it isn’t MORE dreadful than it was when little tin Gods like Louis B. Mayer were running studios by whim. It’s differently dreadful. And if you don’t believe me, go browse through Amazon Prime’s wide assortment of old films you never heard of. Oh. My. Gods and little fishes.

  3. You need a lotta m’s to spell “Mmmmmm, Good!” Feel free to continue. I don’t think anyone will complain.

  4. ltdavel beat me to it. Maureen Ohara is awesome and all I ever remember when I think about her is John Wayne turning her over his knee and spanking her. Guess I’ll go watch McClintock today.

  5. Holy Moley, Kim–you could have stopped at Maude Fealy and I would have been sated! Those eyes!

    How have I never heard of her??

  6. As far as I am concerned, you could do an entire M Day with just pics of Maureen O’Hara.

    Not that I’m complaining about any of the other choices.

    Thanks Kim.

  7. Hmm…yes, more Ms. (I mean plural “M” not more Ms…anyway…). I was rather shocked to see Monica Bellucci not on your list, mayhap she will make the 2nd round of Ms.

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